Week of March 29, 2020
As one of your pastors, I have to ask: How are things going for you so far in semi-seclusion and isolation? By now, we’ve all heard the news of the Corona Virus and it effects as well as the steps and measures we must take as a Nation, State, and Local government. We also know what our businesses and even spiritual institutions must do. This is obviously a challenge for everyone and for now, it seems to be the new normal! This said, how do we look at challenging realities through the eyes of our Catholic Christian faith? Well, faith has a lot to add and say about our current crisis situation. Faith is often the only way to help us see through present things that confront us in which we don’t always have control. The Corona Virus seems to have put us all on an even field and plane. We are simply not in charge or in control of as much as we once thought!
This said, someone passed onto me a poem recently written by Lynn Ungar (3-11-20) that might help put this into proper context. It’s entitled: “Pandemic,” and I think it says a lot:
“PANDEMIC: What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath-the most sacred of times? Cease to travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And, when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are both terrifying and beautiful. Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch. Promise this world your love-for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live. Let us pray for one another.”
There are many other healthy and prayerful ways to look at our situation through the eyes of faith, so I encourage you to do so. With every challenge, with God there can also be a blessing. So, I urge everyone to remain ‘virtually’ connected to God and one another during this time. Be sure to check out our Diocesan and Parish websites or bulletin for updates, cancellations, and further actions. As an ACC, we are currently videotaping many of our weekday and weekend Masses so we can remain connected in Christ. For the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul, for example, you might look at our website or check out our Facebook where I will be personally broadcasting many of our Weekday and Weekend Masses along with some personal messages I might deliver throughout the week. The St. Peter and St. Paul website is: https://www.stpetestpaul.org/
“Together As One.” Our ACC name has never been more true or more needed than these days. God’s blessings and peace!
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl